Park entrance gates

Get Involved

Join a volunteer group!

Your Country Park needs you!

There are the many ways you can get involved with Upton Country Park. 

Learn new skills and meet new friends in a beautiful outdoor environment! Whatever your age or interests, you’ll find something you can do to help out …

Visitor Experience volunteers

Having celebrated the opening of our new Welcome Centre in December 2022, we are now pleased to offer an exciting new volunteering opportunity. This role is perfect for those who love talking to new people about heritage and nature. There is also the option to be in the heart of the action at events and family activity days throughout the year.

Our Visitor Experience volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved in:

The Welcome Centre

  • Greeting visitors and being the first point of contact at the Country Park;
  • Booking and signing in visitors for events, workshops and activities;
  • Providing information, assisting with general enquiries about the Country Park, keeping up to date on events, happening in the Country Park and wildlife sightings;
  • Processing ticket and shop sales;
  • Assisting with the upkeep of the Welcome Centre, basic cleaning and tidying tasks and decorating the space.

Country Park Events

  • Stewarding duties, providing information to visitors and assisting with queries for a variety of events throughout the year;
  • Engaging with children and families in the ‘craft shed’;
  • Assisting with the set-up and take-down of events;
  • Assisting with evaluation by taking surveys and recording visitor numbers.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch with the team at or call us on 01202 127770. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sixth Form Student Work Experience Placements

If you’re looking for work experience Upton Country Park can offer a range of placements that will provide you with practical skills and real-world experience to build your CV. Join our friendly, fun and engaging team for weekly roles or block placements.

A placement with our Visitor Services team will get you involved in everything from greeting visitors or helping with events, to working with school groups and creating new park activities and trails. Get experience in working with and for different audiences, marketing (including social media for business), event planning and customer service.

Or, work with our Operations Team and our amazing volunteers to get involved in all the practical elements of looking after the Country Park. From pruning to pond clearance and everything in between, gain practical hands-on experience of wildlife and habitat conservation, horticulture, and grounds maintenance.

Our Work Experience placements can run as either a weekly volunteering day or afternoon to build up your hours, or as a block placement over one or two weeks, whatever suits you.

If you would like to get involved, message the team at or call us on 01202 127770. We look forward to hearing from you!

Youth Volunteering

Tell us what you want and help us make it happen.

If you are aged between 13 and 17 and looking for a way to get involved in and give back to your community, then you are warmly invited to join our Youth Volunteers.

The group meets once a month to get involved with fun outdoor activities, followed by an opportunity for you to lend us your voice and thoughts in our feedback session around the campfire, and get involved in organising youth events at the Country Park.

Boost your CV, gain volunteering hours, learn new skills, meet new people and get outdoors! (snacks provided!)

Youth Volunteers will be given the opportunity to gain experience in:

  • Outdoor bushcraft and practical conservation
  • Teamwork and Leadership skills
  • Event organising and project management
  • Marketing – including through our social media channels
  • Interpretation – find out how we make the story of the Country Park come alive for visitors

When: On the last Saturday of the month, February – November, from 1pm- 3pm (please check our calendar for date confirmation)

Where: Meet at the Education Centre (see our Park Map)

If you would like to join the team, drop us a line at or call on 01202 127770 to book a place. We look forward to hearing from you!

Interpretation & Research

If you have a thirst for knowledge, are interested in history or the conservation of your local landscape come and join our team of Interpretation and Research Volunteers.

  • Use your enquiring mind to help us complete the picture of Upton Country Park’s history, tell the stories of the families that lived and worked here and gather memories from our local community, or
  • Help us to record and monitor the wildlife and natural environment of the estate and uncover its natural heritage, so that we can protect it for future generations.

Contribute to the information that will be provided for visitors throughout the site and have the opportunity to work alongside the Friends of Upton Country Park, Poole Museum and History Centre, Birds of Poole Harbour and the Dorset Wildlife Trust to preserve our precious histories and landscapes for years to come.

No previous experience of research is necessary, just an enthusiasm for knowing more!

Help us with whatever time you can give to delve into the estate’s varied history or habitats and meet once a fortnight to gather and share our findings, build your skills and have a voice in how the knowledge is used.

If you would like to know more or to get involved as an Interpretation and Research Volunteer please contact us at or call 01202 127770

Engagement & Learning

We are looking for dedicated Engagement and Learning Volunteers to assist in the creation and delivery of our exciting new Learning Programmes.

This is the perfect way to help out if you have a background in or want to gain experience of working with schools, families and community groups, both in the Country Park and out in the local area. Use your passion for imparting knowledge and have the opportunity to work on special projects and new activities, shape our learning programme and engage our visitors in the history and habitats of the estate.

  • Work around the Country Park and in schools to assist in teaching history, art and STEM subjects linked to the estate, or
  • Work with local groups and families to get them involved in events at the Country Park and active in the community.

A regular weekly full or half day attendance will be required for this role (on a weekday M-F); travel expenses will be paid.

This role will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which will be carried out at our expense.

The main purpose of this role is to assist the Community Engagement and Learning Officer in developing and delivering the Formal and Informal Learning Programmes, Events and Outreach Projects for the Discovery Project at Upton Country Park:

If you would like to get involved as an Engagement and Learning Volunteer please contact us for an informal chat at or call 01202 127770

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or would like further information about any of our volunteering roles, please contact us by email at  or call 01202 127770.

Gardening & Practical Conservation

The Gardening Group

Our Gardening Group meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am near the Tea Rooms (please email to confirm location details).

Tasks include pruning and clearing the Walled Garden, borders and formal back lawn as well as the winter gardens near the memorial trees and Gazebo.

Practical Conservation

On Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays volunteers can get involved in practical conservation type tasks such as hedge laying, pond management and coppicing.

Please get in touch for further details as tasks change through the seasons; email  or call 01202 127770.

No special skills or knowledge are required to join our Gardening & Practical Conservation groups

… but please bring your own sturdy footwear, some waterproof clothing and a packed lunch.

Join the Friends group

The Friends of Upton Country Park are always keen to hear from anyone that can spare some time to volunteer with the group. Whether its helping out in the refreshment & information Kiosk at the back of Upton House, or using your knowledge to entertain and inform others with Upton House guided tours – about the Friends group

Upton Country Park Discovery ProjectProviding for our hard-working volunteers

A large part of the Discovery Project Heritage Fund grant will be spent on creating a new Volunteer Facility – providing a base to meet and socialise before a day of making a real difference with their efforts across the Country Park.

Our ever growing team of volunteers get involved with horticulture, land clearance, events, history tours and we’re recruiting for our Welcome Desk in the new Welcome Centre too. We’re delighted that this dedicated team will now have somewhere warm and dry to enjoy their lunch and a well earned break!

We are also developing new training and learning opportunities for our volunteers and the local community. Working in partnership with local organisations, we are providing increased access to skills development and work experience throughout the Country Park, introducing our heritage to more people and strengthening our ties with young people.